Top 8 RB Sleepers in 2013
8. Miami RB Daniel Thomas is now in his third year. Thomas had more rushing attempts and more touchdowns than Miller in 2012. Many are projecting, Miller to be the featured back, but we believe it will be more running back by committee.
7. St. Louis RB Daryl Richardson has yet to do anything in the NFL. Heading into his second year with the Rams, Richardson and second-year player Isaiah Pead will be sharing touches in 2013. Similar to Miami’s situation, Richardson had more looks last year and that’s why he has an edge heading into 2013.
6. Green Bay RB Jonathan Franklin- What a perfect situation to come into if you’re a running back. After putting the Bruin’s on his back last year, Franklin comes into Green Bay as the No.2 back not asked to do too much other than play.
5. Cincinnati RB Giovanni Bernard- He will be productive in PPR leagues. Bernard is a complete back catching more than 40 balls and rushing for more than 1,000 yards in his last two years with North Carolina. Bernard is similar to Franklin in that he handled the load in college in between the tackles and catching balls out the backfield.
4. Philadelphia RB Bryce Brown- With Maclin out and a slim receiving core, it opens the door for more touches for other players. Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense will see fresh faces and Brown’s speed fits the style of offense perfectly.
3. San Diego RB Danny Woodhead- McCoy looking to keep it fresh in the backfield not over-working the fragile Ryan Matthews. Woodhead was used more as a third-down back in New England but still grabbed 40 receptions last year averaging over 11 yards/carry.
2. New England RB Shane Vereen- New England lead the NFL in rushing touchdowns last two seasons. Less targets on the outside, no Danny Woodhead, which adds up to good things for Vereen in 2013
1. Chicago RB Michael Bush- Bush is a Bruiser. Forte has been well documented as a poor goaline back so Bush is in line to lead the Bears in rushing touchdowns this year (Bush and Forte both had 5 rushing TDs in 2012, but Bush had 130 less rushing attempts). The big man is nifty out of the backfield as well averaging over 10 yards/catch in his last two seasons with the Raiders.